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Man injured in Lealman apartment explosion still in critical condition

LEALMAN — A man injured in an explosion early Sunday was still in critical condition Monday morning.

Mike J. Macleod, 27, suffered burns from the blast at 5205 Haines Road and was transported to Tampa General Hospital, the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office said.

The property is home to a vacant business with a second-story apartment. The renter, Larry F. Anderson, was out of town. Detectives said his friend, Macleod, had been checking on the apartment periodically.

Deputies said Macleod checked the apartment at 5:41 a.m. As he opened the door, he was met by an instant explosion.

Macleod ran to a gas station and called for help. He was taken to Bayfront Medical Center and then transported to Tampa General.

The Sheriff's Office Arson Unit, which is investigating the fire, had not determined the cause or source of the explosion Sunday.

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